Last month I took a self-portraiture class, and I found that I responded to some of the prompts by reaching into my closet and dressing up.
I wasn't trying to play a character, if anything I was allowing myself to be more me.
I reached for two coats that I never wear because I'm not sure how to wear them, but I thought they would look pretty in photographs.
The funny thing is, that once I wore them around at home, I felt so comfortable in them. Perhaps it's because they brought out a part of myself I wanted to express. They captured a delight I rarely allow myself to feel with clothing.
I tend to go for the daily "uniform" that serves as the backbone of my wardrobe.
The green alpaca coat in the first photo, I knit a number of years ago. I wrote about that process at the time, and also mentioned why I don't wear it more often on my "about" page.
The velvet coat was a gift from Mr. Savory one Christmas. I have never worn it, not being sure if it was an indoor garment or an outer layer, but when I put it on with jeans, it clicked. It felt elegant but not fancy, and it was fun to twirl around in on a frigid winter day.
I hope I experiment like this more often. The class offered me a comfortable environment to come out and play. Life can't be all parkas and black wool overcoats!